We are just getting over the hump of 2 hard weeks here. During the harder times, it seems natural to ask the question: "Why are we here?" When the going gets tough, we want an answer to this question. AND we want that answer, that when placed on the scale, outweighs the challenges and sacrifices that are intrinsic to living outside of our birth country.
For the moment, our answer continues to be two-fold:
First, we are here because there seems to be things that God wanted (and continues to want) to teach our family that he knew we couldn't learn anywhere else. Essentially, we are here for our own growth as followers of Jesus. That sounds a little selfish and egocentric, but there it is. God has us here for our own good and with our best interest in mind.
Secondly, we are here because God asked us to come and live here. We don't know for how long, but here we are, in joyful obedience. We believe that God is most honored and glorified, and our joy is made more complete, by obeying him in this way (John Piper kind of talk). As Bethany and I discussed this, the question came up: Could God be just as glorified, and our joy be just as complete, if we had decided not to leave our birth country? Our quick answer was "No". God would not be glorified, nor would our joy be complete, in the face of our disobedience.
“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him” -John Piper
We realize that this is a loaded post, with loaded words. Feel free to push back on it with discussion.
The images below are not related to this post, just pictures of the land where our friend hopes to build his house.
Noah, down in a post hole